Nearly half of general practice consultations being delivered face to face: RCGP responds to Mail on Sunday criticism

29 November 2020

Responding to a Mail on Sunday article on GP access Dr Gary Howsam, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “General practice services have been available throughout the pandemic, but they are being delivered differently in order to help stop the spread of Covid-19, keep patients and staff safe and allowing GPs and our teams to keep working, delivering essential care - all in line with official guidance from NHS England.

GMC report shows GPs have been working hard throughout the COVID pandemic and highlights need for greater support over coming months, says RCGP

27 November 2020

Responding to the General Medical Council’s (GMC) 2020 State of medical education and practice report Dr Michael Mulholland, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs have been working hard throughout the COVID pandemic to provide high-quality to care to all our patients despite care being delivered differently to slow the spread of the virus. The switch to a mostly remote service has, importantly, allowed general practice to remain open delivering vital care to both COVID and non-COVID patients. It’s been a remarkable transformation and the profession should be proud of how they’ve managed it.

RCGP calls for suspension of GP appraisal during Covid-19 pandemic

25 November 2020

The Royal College of GPs governing Council has passed a motion to call for suspension of GP appraisal for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Expansion of the flu vaccination programme is 'sensible' but will be a 'huge challenge', says RCGP

20 November 2020

Responding to NHS England’s confirmation of the expansion of the flu vaccination programme Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The expansion of this winter’s flu vaccination programme to include patients aged 50-64 is sensible, and is something the College has supported since its announcement this Summer. Flu can be a horrible and serious illness. We want to avoid as many patients as possible succumbing to flu this winter, while we are in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and resources are even more stretched than usual, and the flu jab is the best protection against it.

College Chair says huge thank you to ‘remarkable and inspiring’ GPs as he marks first year in office

20 November 2020

RCGP Chair Martin Marshall has said a ‘huge thank you’ to GPs for their ‘remarkable and inspiring’ response to the pandemic in a speech to mark his first year in office.

GPs offer patients top tips for maintaining physical and mental health during second lockdown

19 November 2020

The Royal College of GPs is encouraging people to take steps to care for both their physical and mental health during the second national lockdown. During the first lockdown, GPs anecdotally reported an increase in patients presenting with anxiety and depression, particularly in those who have pre-existing physical and mental health conditions.

RCGP collaborate with RNID to support GPs deliver care to deaf patients

11 November 2020

A new toolkit to support GPs to deliver care for patients with hearing loss and aims to encourage deaf patients to access primary care, has been launched today.

Vaccine news ‘positive’ but still questions that need answers, says RCGP

09 November 2020

Commenting on the news from Pfizer/BioNTech about the effectiveness of their COVID-19 vaccine, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “That such progress has been made in developing a vaccine for Covid-19 is positive news. A safe and effective vaccine would be a vital tool in allowing people to start living more normally again, preventing people from becoming sick and ultimately saving lives.

Health Minister thanks GPs for their work during pandemic

06 November 2020

Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care, has written to GPs and practice staff thanking them for their ongoing hard work during the pandemic.

New workload prioritisation guidance to support GPs through next wave of COVID-19

06 November 2020

The College has published new guidance on workload prioritisation, reflecting the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 around the country, to support GPs and their teams in making local decisions based on local circumstances.

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